Abu Dhabi tops ranking of smart cities in region

The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life

An aerial view of Abu Dhabi city.


Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has been ranked top of a list of cities in Africa and the Middle East in the McKinsey Global Institute study ‘Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Liveable Future’.

The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life across a wide range of criteria, including health care, security, mobility, economic development and housing. With a rating of 18.4, Abu Dhabi ranked first in the region. Dubai was placed second with a rating of 17.3.

Covering 50 international cities, the report compared the extent to which the application of technology directly improves a resident’s quality of life. This measure has many dimensions, from clean air to whether citizens feel safe as they walk down the street. For a city to be ‘smart’, it must first demonstrate the presence of a robust structural base and an underlying digital infrastructure, including a network of data-collecting sensors and devices, comprehensive broadband and wireless networks, and platforms on which data can be stored and shared.

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